From Sydney - Papua & Pacific Passage - Le Laperouse 10th April 2020

Discover the mysteries of Papua-New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures...

Date: 10–22 Apr 2020

Ship: Le Laperouse

BalconySuite
AU $9,995AU $20,115

Expedition Cruise Highlights

  • Be part of our inaugural visit to the Autonomous region of Bougainville
  • Discover the mysteries of Papua-New Guinea, the land of a thousand cultures.
  • Zodiac outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
  • Tufi, a spectacular tropical fjord, where the inhabitants produce traditional tapa cloth.
  • Calls at the Lusancay Islands and the D`Entrecasteaux Archipelago, named after the French explorers who set off in search of La Perouse
  • Swimming and snorkelling on deserted beaches surrounded by coral reefs, home to a diversity of underwater life.
  • Encounters with local people: cultural performances, dances, arts & crafts.

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PRICES - in AUD per person

Twin Cat PR4 Prestige Balcony from $9,995*pp (ONE only at this price)

Twin Cat PR5 Prestige Balcony from $11,145*pp

Twin Cat PS5 Prestige Suite from $20,115*pp

Single Cat DEL Deluxe Balcony from $13,290* (ONE cabin only at this price)

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FROM SYDNEY - PAPUA & PACIFIC PASSAGE Fly-Cruise-Stay package prices include:

  • One way economy class airfare from Sydney to Brisbane
  • Return airport - hotel - airport transfers, Brisbane
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane (or similar)
  • One way charter flight from Brisbane to Honiara inc tax
  • One way transfer from Honiara airport to port
  • 11 night Expedition cruise aboard the NEW Le Laperouse from Honiara to Cairns including:
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
  • Port taxes
  • One way transfer from port to airport, Cairns post cruise
  • One way economy class airfare from Cairns to Sydney inc tax

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Itinerary:

(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

11th Apr 2020 - Honiara, Guadalcanal Island

Embarkation 11/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 11/04/2020 at 18H00

Honiara is the capital city of The Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the north western coast of Guadalcanal Island. Honiara comes from the local Ghari Language `naho-ni-ara` meaning `facing the ara`, the place where the southeast winds meet the land. During your stop, discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and the significant role it played in World War II. Particularly The Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942. Alternatively, you can discover a traditional village, its culture and way of life.

12th April 2020 - At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship`s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

13th April 2020 – Kieta

Activities to be advised later

14 April 2020 – Buka

Activities to be advised later

15th April 2020 – Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago

Set at the eastern end of the island of New Britain, the tropical port town of Rabaul has always been famous for its spectacular setting. Nestled beside Simpson Harbour, the township is surrounded by six volcanoes, one of which, Mt Tavurvur, is still active today. The most recent major volcanic eruption was in September 1994 when Tavurvur and Vulcan covered much of Rabaul and surrounding villages with volcanic ash. This eruption saw the growth of the nearby coastal town of Kokopo which has now become the administrative and tourism centre for Rabaul.

Join your expedition team for a tour by local transport to see Mt Tavurvur, the Volcano Observatory and various significant sites from World War II.

16th April 2020 – At sea

17th April 2020 – Lusancay Islands

A Solomon Sea archipelago situated in the Milne Bay province in Papua New Guinea, the Lusancay Islands were named after the French navigator Pierre Carre de Lusançay, who participated in the D`Entrecasteaux expedition at the end of the 18th century. Protected from human impact, the Lusancay Islands are considered to be a real paradise of coral reefs and white-sand beaches, offering visitors magnificent panoramas.

18th April 2020 – Tufi

Often described as the `Scandinavia of the tropics`. The spectacular Tufi `fiords` plunge over 90 metres deep and rise over 150 metres vertically above the water making for a spectacular backdrop. The traditional way of life plays an important role amongst the villagers with many living in isolated areas along the coast of Cape Nelson and on the slopes of Mount Trafalgar. The area is known for its production of tapa cloth, made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree and skilfully decorated. Guests will travel into the ancient mangrove forests of the Fiords to witness one of the most colourful traditional performances in all of Papua New Guinea. There is also the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of Kamoa Beach.

19th April 2020 – Fergusson Island

Fergusson is the largest island in the D`Entrecasteaux archipelago. Situated to the east of Papua New Guinea, the latter was discovered in the late 18th century by the French navigator Antoine Bruny d’Entrecasteaux. Fergusson’s terrain is very mountainous, with the highest peak reaching some 2,000 metres in altitude. At the heart of this island, a tropical rainforest is home to a rich and varied flora as well as beautiful bird species, including parrots and birds of paradise. In the south, the smoke and geysers of the Dei Dei hot springs are a magical sight.

19th April 2020 – Dobu Island

Dobu Island is one of the 5 islands in the D’Entrecasteaux archipelago to the east of Papua New Guinea. It is home to several bird species, including the white cockatoo and the curl-crested manucode. The local tribes are very attached to their ancestral traditions and theirs is a matrilineal social system, dominated by maternal lineage. The Dobu Islanders are also known for practising magic rituals and witchcraft. Their language is spoken on most of the islands in the D`Entrecasteaux archipelago.

20th April 2020 – Samarai Island

The Samarai islands are located in the China Strait off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea. In its colonial heyday it was said to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific. The island was declared a National Historical Heritage Island by the government of Papua New Guinea in 2006. Just 3km west of Samarai, Kwato Island was once an educational centre and home to a thriving boat building industry. Following the old tree-lined road to the top of the island reveals a stonewalled church that was built in 1937 and remains a testimony to the missionaries of a bygone era. Join your expedition team for a guided walk on Samarai and Kwato Islands. You also will enjoy swimming and snorkelling on nearby Deka Deka island.

21th April 2020 – At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship`s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

22th April 2020▸21 April 2020 – Cairns - disembark

Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia`s north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (13Jun18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on a 20% Ponant bonus discount fare for PR4 and single DEL and 10% PB fare for rest) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included. Cruise does not include ships gratuities which are payable onboard. All itineraries subject to local weather conditions.

12 nights From AU $9,995 per person, twin share